UN condemns Yemen's expulsion of UN human rights official

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Posted: Jan 07, 2016 8:13 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general is condemning Yemen's expulsion of the U.N.'s human rights representative and urging the government to reconsider his expulsion.

The U.N. human rights office said earlier this week that it received allegations that Saudi-led coalition forces used cluster bombs in attacks in Yemen.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban Ki-moon stressed Thursday that respect for human rights is essential for long-term peace in Yemen and impeding the U.N.'s human rights work "can only be harmful for the country's return to peace and stability."

He spoke after reports from Yemen that the U.N. human rights representative, who was not named, has been declared persona non grata.

Dujarric said the secretary-general stressed that U.N. staff "must never be threatened or sanctioned for doing their work."